January 2012

Stretching your Meat Budget

With the price of meat escalating, many people are finding it difficult to afford it. If you’re not ready to do away with meat altogether, you may be wondering how to save money on this food. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to save on your grocery bill without becoming a vegetarian.

Look for manager’s specials at your local supermarket. These are often packages of meat that need to be sold right away because it’s near the expiration date. Many chains mark their meat down only on certain days so you may need to visit your grocer on a regular basis in order to find out what this schedule is.

Marinades: Use your Creative Juices

"Salad dressing often makes a good base for meat marinades."

Marinades can add flavor and help tenderize nearly any cut of meat. The down side is that many commercial products are expensive to buy at the store. With this in mind, you may want to come up with your own recipe for marinating meat. Doing so can be a fun experience and may even make you the talk of your next cookout or potluck dinner.

Transitioning to Turkey

Even small changes can add up to be big

Using ground turkey in place of beef is one way to reduce fat intake while also saving money.  While it is easy to substitute turkey for hamburger, getting used to the taste may take some time. Combining these two meats can allow you to acquire a taste for ground turkey while saving you money and promoting good health.